All India Football Federation PresidentA�Mr.A�Praful Patel expressed his a�?delight and satisfaction at AIFFa��s dream project FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 being an astounding success.a�?
A�a�?In terms of organization, the infrastructure, the attendance and conduct of the games is a reflection of the fact that India has arrived at the World stage,a�?A�Mr.A�Patel, also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee stated at a press meet in Kolkata. a�?This successA�only points out that if we can host the U-17 World Cup we are ready for other FIFA tournaments as well. I need to thank Govt. of India, the respective state governments and the government of FIFA.a�?
A�a�?Besides giving us the confidence that we are capable to host such a World Cup, it also gives us an understanding that we can actually build aA�world-classA�Indian team with our boys,a�?A�Mr.A�Patel added.
A�a�?The World Cup has caught the imagination of the kids and youngsters and you can gauge it by the attendance in the stands. There have also been a huge number of ladies who have turned up for the matches. We have invested much into our Grassroots Development Programme and will continue to attract the kids to the game,a�?A�Mr.A�Patel, sporting a U-17 World Cup shirt maintained.
A�a�?The semi-final was shifted from Guwahati overnight and we had a huge number of people trying online to get a ticket for the semi-final in Kolkata. Ita��s a reflection of how people in India are rooting for Football,a�? he quipped.
A�Incidentally, over 63000 fans flocked to watch the semi-final between Brazil and England at the majestic Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. a�?Fans need to be applauded.a�?
A�a�?I can say with a great deal of satisfaction that this edition of the U-17 World Cup will be the most watched U-17 ever; in fact, the attendance registered is all set to break all records of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.a�?
A�Mr.A�Patel also put in a word of praise for the efforts put in by the Local Organising Committee. a�?The LOC under the leadership ofA�Mr.A�Javier Ceppi have done a commendable job and have displayed the ability to respond to any situation,a�? he certified.
A�FIFA Head of Competitions Jamie Yarza sitting next, thanked a�?All India Football Federation, the respective State Governments, the LOC and the volunteers for their support.a�?
A�a�?The organizational capabilities of the Indian people has been fantastic. The response has been overwhelming and I can tell you some of the teams were sad that they had to actually leave India rather than losing.a�?
A�a�?We have also bid to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019. I have been invited by the FIFA President to address the FIFA Executive council which is meeting for the first time outside their headquarters. I will use all theA�goodwillA�which is at our command to make forward Indiaa��s case at the Council,a�? he informed. zoloft online, cheap lioresal.
A�a�?For Indian Footballa��s future growth the geography of Indian Football needs to expand,a�?A�Mr.A�Patel explained. a�?Today there are teams from North India, South India, North East and we are looking forward to havingA�a team from Central India in our I-League,a�? he said.